How did you get into yoga?
In February of 2013 my husband was going to be away for about 3 weeks for work and we were at the same time anticipating moving our family from 2 years of living in Jan Juc Australia, back to Southern California This was a chaotic time that I wanted to do well and so I set some intentions for my days, one of which was to to do 1 hour of yoga every day my husband was away. My legs were tight from lots of running, and I was aiming to be more present and have a positive discipline during time of change.Those 3 weeks of practicing yoga, turned into a love and addiction and almost two years later I practice nearly everyday. Yoga has helped me learn to be more present, to breath and be aware of my breath, and it even made me a stronger and faster runner.
What does 'being healthy' mean to you?
Being healthy has to be mind, body, and spirit. We are whole people and complex. You cannot be truly healthy in any of these areas if one area is toxic or out of balance. Being healthy is being present and aware. Approaching things with love and trust.
What's your active life mantra?
Move with intention. If you are sleeping, be still. But if you are going to bother moving, do it with intention. Show up and have great mechanics and engage the muscles that should be working with each activity. Being a Physical therapist I know I am super nerdy about this, but I see even simple things, like standing in line or loading the washing machine, as a opportunity to use good mechanics and engage muscles in the way they were designed to be used.
Besides practicing yoga and running, how else do you like to stay fit?
I have had many different phases of 'working out' over the years, but really I just love to move, to be out of breath, and to feel strong. I have three kids, ages 3, 5 and 7. With them there is plenty of opportunity for physical activity. I throw them, chase them, do cartwheels, climb trees, and am even trying to learn to skate board. I love to move and love trying new things. Also, as a Physical Therapist, I tend to make specific strength or flexibility goals for myself depending on my activities and my focus my exercises on achieving certain functional goals (or yoga tricks).
What (or who) keeps you motivated?
I love having friends to workout with but am very internally motivated. When I feel healthy and strong, I know I am at my best for the people around me and can perform my best for whatever that day brings.
What does a typical workout look like for you?
Now this can really vary week to week. When possible, I love to get up before the kids and get in a 30 minute vinyasa flow. I run 2-3 days a week, with or without a stroller and usually between 4-6 miles. I go to vinyasa yoga classes 1-2 days a week and also do classes online another 3-4 days a week. I also live close to a high school that has a great set of bleachers (aka grand stand seats). I love to make up workouts involving bleachers, running the track, and strength training. Since yoga has entered the picture, I am much better at balancing my love of cardio workouts and breathlessness, with making sure I am giving myself restorative workouts and working on my range of motion.
How do you relax?
I love to snuggle my husband and kids! I love the beach and a nice beach nap is about the most relaxing thing I can think of.
What kind of food do you eat and are there things you try to avoid eating?
I do not have specific rules with food. I love eating and I love eating things that I love. Does that make sense? I don't want to bother eating something average just to fill the void. I want my food to be delicious and give me energy and nutrition. I used to eat WAY too much sugar and justified it by the fact that I was not over eating. Problem was I had major sugar highs and lows and crazy sugar cravings and overall just wasn't getting good nutrition and my body didn't feel great. I try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and make sure I get a decent amount of protein with each meal.
What are your favourite healthy cafes or hangout spots?
There is a little coffee shop with great food in Newport Beach called Alta Coffee. I don't go there as often as I'd like, but love the artsy, eclectic atmosphere there. I love myself some Nektar juice. I get the greenie with beats instead of apple. I also love sushi and if it were less expensive and I didn't have to worry about mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna, I would have sushi about everyday. Oh! Also, Bear Flag fish tacos in Newport Beach has the most amazing fish. I love their tacos, and they have a poke salad that is ridiculous. If it's just a coffee hang out, I live right by Keen Coffee in Newport Beach and their beans and friendly atmosphere are hard to beat.
What's on your Vie Active wish list?
Oh my, now that is a tough one. Your material is unreal and the compression, fit and texture of the leggings I got of yours for Christmas are easily my favorite. I love love love the Midnight garden pants and also wonder if I could pull off some leopard print love.